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1. To move something indoors. A noun or pronoun can be used between "bring" and "in." There's supposed to be a big storm tomorrow, so we should bring in the patio furniture.
2. To recruit or involve a person in a particular activity. A noun or pronoun can be used between "bring" and "in." The phrase is often followed by "on" and the activity. Feel free to bring your sister in on this—we'd like her input, too. With the sudden growth my business has experienced, I think it's time to bring in a graphic designer who can make my website look more professional.
3. To entice people to enter a place, typically a business. A noun or pronoun can be used between "bring" and "in." I think your store's new big and bold marquee will bring in a lot of customers.
4. To earn a certain amount of money, often for a business or charity. The monetary amount can be stated between "bring" and "in." I brought in a quarter of a million dollars in sales this quarter—how well did you do? We are thrilled to announce that our telethon brought in $30,000 in donations this year! Now that you've been promoted, how much are you bringing in each week?
5. To arrest someone (and bring them into the police station, for example). A noun or pronoun can be used between "bring" and "in." We brought that guy in for trespassing.
6. To give a verdict in a court case, as of a jury. A noun or pronoun can be used between "bring" and "in." This case has dragged on for months. When will the jury bring a verdict in?
7. To escort or allow someone into a particular place or setting. A noun or pronoun can be used between "bring" and "in." Please bring in our next guest now. Will you bring Grandma in? She's having a hard time getting around with her new cane.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
bring someone in (on something)
to include someone in some deed or activity. I'm going to have to bring a specialist in on this. Please bring in several specialists to advise on this case. Let's bring an expert in before we go any further.
bring someone or something in(to) some placeand bring someone or something in
to permit or assist someone or something to enter something or some place. Do you mind if I bring my sister in here with me? Please bring in your sister.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To move or guide something or someone into some place: Please bring in the newspaper before you close the door. I brought my child in to wait with me in my office.
2. To earn or yield a particular amount of money: Their wise investments have brought in millions of dollars. My second job brings a few extra dollars in.
3. To attract something or someone, such as business or customers: The new campaign has brought in thousands of tourists to the city. The movie should bring in big audiences.
4. To include someone in some activity: Do you think we should we bring him in on this project? The doctor is bringing in a specialist to look at her case.
5. To arrest someone for a crime: They brought my neighbor in on counterfeiting charges. The police want to bring in all of the robbery suspects by the end of the day.
6. To deliver some legal verdict to a court: The jury brought in their verdict within the hour. Make sure you are all comfortable with the verdict before you bring it in.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.